Second Batch of Community Service Officers graduate from ICT training

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As the Government of Guyana (GoG) continues to invest significantly in its human resources, more particularly the country’s youthful population, twenty-Three young Amerindian youths on Tuesday graduated with the skillset to function effectively in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). 

The young men and women from Amerindian villages across Regions One to Ten were engaged in three weeks of ICT training, specifically in the modules of Computer Fundamentals, Microsoft Word Processing, Microsoft Excel 2016, and Internet/Email, all facilitated by Global Technology. 

At the graduation ceremony hosted for the new graduates, Hon. Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai  shared the notable progress made by the PPP/C Government by extension the Amerindian Affairs Ministry in terms of youth development over the last year, as well as what is expected to be achieved before the end of 2021. 

“Imagine in the last six years when we were not in Government,  the Government before us have not achieved a figure and in one year we have not only achieved 2005 CSOs on the program but we’ve achieved for ICT alone 96 students graduating with excellent grades…By the end of 2021, our target is, and we will achieve it, that is training  200 ICT students from the program and we will also achieve 220 students trained in the skill of installing solar panels and maintaining them. Another 220 as licensed drivers with skills to service light and heavy-duty machinery.” 

Emphasizing how crucial the new skillset will be to their communities, Minister Sukhai pointed out to the graduates that the rolling out of the Government’s ICT Hub Project in over 200 Amerindian villages will put their skillset on-demand, to ensure both the hub’s operations and passing on of knowledge. 

“I want to congratulate you for doing well and I do hope that as you go back to your villages and communities that you will be able to share your knowledge, the CSO has a special task and the task is that you are expected to participate and contribute in another program our Government is funding, that is the rolling out of ICT hubs in 200 communities. Those hubs will benefit from your training and your task will be to ensure that every community, every village will be computer literate”, Minister underscored. 

In closing, the Minister of Amerindian Affairs added “ You will be one of those agents of change that will bring prosperity, support, empowerment to the people that you will be contributing to. The CSO program is not one where we want you to remain forever, this is the training ground so that in the future you are gaining the skills that will take you further in your path towards the development of yourself.” 

Additionally, Minister of Public Service, Hon. Sonia Parag charged the youths to be a catalyst of evolution for the ICT sector in their various communities. 

“Your training is going to go now and ensure not only you but your community at large will be able to connect to not only the rest of Guyana but the rest of the world, and you will be on a level of development that is international standards that’s what we are looking at…I implore you to use the knowledge that you’ve gained to the best of your abilities and also to share openly with your community so that it may be developed and at its best potential.” 

Minister Parag also used the opportunity to remind those gathered, that the Government will continue its investment in the nation’s youths through education and training programs over the years to come. 

“The Government has always given education and training priority and that will not stop over the next five years, but why you should be proud of yourselves is because this will have a trickle-down effect, not only are you investing in yourselves but you are investing in your community”, she stated.

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